The Green Bay Packers Thursday signed non-drafted free agent wide receiver Chris Day and terminated cornerback Bryant Westbrook, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced.
Day (5-11, 178), who participated on a tryout basis in the team's post-draft mini-camp last week, is the second tryout player signed from that camp. Linebacker Jermaine Taylor officially joined the Packers Monday. Green Bay has now signed 14 players who went undrafted April 24-25.
Day, No. 9 on the Green Bay roster, played on both sides last season at Grambling. As a receiver, he caught 26 passes for 347 yards and five touchdowns. As a defensive back, he registered five tackles (four solo). Day, who played 11 games, also returned six kickoffs for 116 yards.
Westbrook entered 2003 training camp as a legitimate candidate for the team's starting strong safety, as he split time between safety and cornerback. However, his season ended Aug. 9 in a preseason game at Atlanta when he ruptured his right Achilles' tendon. Placed on injured reserve Aug. 17, he underwent corrective surgery two days later. Attempting to rehabilitate from a second Achilles' injury (he ruptured his left Achilles' tendon with the Lions in 2000), Westbrook was in Green Bay during the team's mini-camp last week.
The veteran joined the Packers as a free agent, Oct. 9, 2002, and intercepted a Tom Brady pass at New England the following Sunday. Originally selected by Detroit in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1997 draft, he spent his first five seasons with the Lions. Westbrook, who has 13 interceptions, three touchdowns and 248 tackles in 71 NFL games, has seven years of league experience.